2019 Dy-Nasty Fantasy Baseball Rule Change Results

Before we get to the results, a reminder: nine (9) “yes” votes are required for a change to pass. In the event of a tie, the vote sides with the Commissioner.

Here are the results of the 2019 Dy-Nasty Fantasy Baseball rule change voting:

1. Enforce a Games Started (GS) minimum with a “three strikes” penalty, as follows:

6 GS rule – Each team must have 6 Games Started (GS) per week. For each Game Started below the minimum weekly requirement, one Strike will be assigned by the Commissioners. If a team reaches 7 Strikes in one calendar season, the team is automatically removed from the league.

5 GS rule – Each team must have 5 Games Started per week. If a team fails to meet this expectation 3 weeks in one calendar season, the team is automatically removed from the league.

4 GS rule – Each team must have 4 Games Started per week. If a team fails to meet this expectation more than once, the team is automatically removed from the league.

RULE PASSES. (Tiebreaker goes to the Commissioner’s vote.)

Analysis: This rule is perhaps complicated in the way it’s structured, but it’s ultimately very simple: you’re allowed to start seven starting pitchers per week, so do that and there won’t be any issues. Essentially, this rule is a way of getting participation expectations and penalties for failing to be an active member of the league out in the open.

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2. Allow all players with green flag minor league designations in Fantrax to be demoted to the minor league roster if the player has less than 1,300 MLB at-bats or less than 500 MLB innings pitched. Effective immediately.

RULE PASSES.

Analysis: This rule sweeping the vote 16-0 should tell us that very little further explanation is required. Basically, we’ve closed a longstanding loophole that would allow veteran players to be stashed away in the minors while still fixing last year’s rule that prohibited numerous prospects with very little service time from being sent to our minor leagues once demoted by their real life franchise.

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3. Allow FAAB (free agent acquisition budget) bids of $0.

RULE PASSES.

Analysis: This one should be straightforward as well. Our free agent acquisition budget of $300 will remain, but we have voted in the caveat that players can be bid on for $0, replacing our previous minimum of $1. This should ensure that teams don’t run out of budget and therefore become blocked from making adds.

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4. Players that are minor leaguers (green flag) may not be kept on the active roster for longer than seven days during our league’s season (regular + post). If a minor league player is carried on the active roster for more than one week during our league’s season, that player will be released into free agency to satisfy this rule. The Commissioner will consult with team owners to give a 24 hour grade period for a transaction to satisfy the rule before releasing any players.

Please note that because this rule must be manually monitored/enforced, it is possible for a violation to go unnoticed beyond the seven days. In the event that happens, the procedure for enforcing the rule will remain the same.

RULE PASSES.

Analysis: At 10-6, this was one of our closest rule votes of the year. The crux of the rule is simple: every team is allowed 30 minor league roster spots and 25 major league spots. This rule prohibits teams from having “overflow” minor leaguers on their major league roster for an extended period. It’s about competitiveness and a level playing field. If you’re carrying an extra three or four prospects on your roster, that means you’re likely not starting relief pitchers or plugging in active hitters every day or using your full seven SP starts, which can make a big difference in a head-to-head format. Even rebuilding teams should be expected to field competitive rosters on a weekly basis, as the results of those match-ups have ramifications for the entire league. Also, how beneficial it really is could be debated, but for rebuilding teams that aren’t valuing current wins, this ensures those teams can’t carry additional prospects that competing teams simply can’t afford to punt major league roster spots for.

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5. Push the trade deadline back by one week to Friday at midnight EST in Scoring Period 19.

RULE PASSES.

Analysis: Yay, an extra week of trading! This rule simply gives teams an extra week to gauge whether their team should buy, sell, or stand pat. Trading is fun and this promotes more trading, so yipee.

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6. Expand active starting roster by adding one (1) additional UT spot beginning with the 2019 season.

RULE PASSES.

Analysis: This rule adds a second starting UT spot beginning with the 2019, which accomplishes different things for different teams. For stacked competitors, it incentivizes continued action and improvement. For rebuilders, it will hopefully provoke a greater sense of urgency to improve, as the requirement for talent has just gone up. This should also increase scoring, allow owners to actively deploy more of their players, and potentially create a path for promoting players from the minors.

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7. Expand major league roster from 25 spots to 26 spots beginning with the 2019 season. Change to go into effect post-cuts, but pre-draft.

RULE PASSES.

Analysis: That bit about 25 man active major league rosters earlier? Check that. It’s 26 now. This rule has many of the same effects as adding a second UT spot. For rebuilders, this extra spot is just one more lottery ticket to be had. It’s important to note the verbiage of the rule. Every year before draft, we’re forced to cut down to 25 or fewer major league players (and all players on your disabled list will be moved to your active roster for this exercise), and that is still true. This rule does not buy anyone an extra major league keeper this year. Before the draft, the 26th spot will be added. This also ensures every team drafting at least one major league player.

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